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I have been playing poker semi-seriously for about 2 years now, and I am quite profitable at cash games. I generally play loose and aggressive pre-flop and tight aggressive post flop. I rarely loose on showdown.
Not a fan of online play, I play mainly home games or at card rooms and casinos.
I have over the last 3-4 months tried playing sit-n-go poker tourneys extremely unsuccessfully. I've played 15 odd tournaments in the last 4 months and not cashed in any of them.
Maybee this is a sign that I should just stick to cash games because I'm far more profitable there but I want to improve tournament play.
Any advice on how I can improve my tournament play? I don't have a huge bankroll and I have to say that my bankroll management also needs some work and I'm spending too much playing tournaments.
I play mostly online and like you do ok at cash games. I think variance is a killer in tournaments. I think you need a pretty large BR to play them profitably. Many times I have finished just out of the money or in the chump change payout range. Too many coin flips to rely just on your poker prowness, at least at my skill level. Most of the time I don't feel like I've wasted my money as much as my time.
Maybe you are carrying your cash game strategies to tournaments.
The two are different in many ways.
I try not to carry my cash game strategy into tourney play, what I notice though is that in tourneys I quite often end up folding before I get to showdown. I'm much more nervous playing marginal hands and fold on large turn bets only to later learn I had, or would have had, the best hand. I start going on tilt far more easily in tournament play as compared to cash game.
Any good books you can recommend for learning better tournament play, or is experience the best teacher?
quite the opposite for me cant play cash games at all, play loose and always get hit on the turn and river play tight and not play enough hands to keep the other players guessing which is all part off cash play.
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Yeah you have to make cash and MTT buyins the same. Glad you only played 4. Ok what is your goal. Are you trying to make money from it, or is it just fun and if you win ok, if you lose now and then it won't kill you. Cash is good for you, so play that for the money for a good MTT once in awhile for fun and experience. And bring the questions here.
I play poker mostly for fun! I play a no money game as seriously as I would a $200 buy in. I just think that other players might not. I went and registered at an MTT tournament yesterday, a small field only 30 players with 7 cashing and ended up 12th , which is an improvement but not great.
I then went and played a cash game and recovered my tournament buy-in and a little more.
I was the short stack(8BB) on a table with 5 others and was at the cut-off and shoved with AKo. The BB called and showed A10o and hit a 10 pair on the turn.
I just feel that I have too many bad beats when I play tourney, in a cash game atleast i can re-load!
those sit and gos and MTTs are beasts !! But a great experience for you to improve your game. There are a LOT of coinflips. Usually, the big stack picks on the smaller stacks until they chip out. So even if they are a 40% to 60% dog, it wont really matter to them because it wont hurt their chipstack that much.
Unlike cash games, you cant just sit around and wait for good hands. And even when you do, those hands arent guaranteed to win. Play good poker. Take some chances. Pretend its a cash game since your so good at those and dont let the "Tournament" part of it scare you.
The key is that you have to raise in the cash games even though if you have nothing, because in the most cases the opponent fold his cards, but if not and reraise, you have to fold. In the long distance this tactic will be profitable.